PFT – Bill Belichick’s decision to grab an official as he left the field on Sunday night is going to cost him $50,000. The NFL announced on Wednesday afternoon that Belichick has been fined $50,000 for his actions… Belichick’s fine is the hardest any coach has been hit yet for actions toward the officials this season. Broncos coach John Fox was previously fined $30,000, Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was fined $25,000 and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was fined $25,000. Immediately following the game on Sunday, an obviously angry Belichick said he didn’t see any reason he should be fined. A day later, Belichick softened his tone toward the officials, saying he meant no disrespect and just wanted to ask whether the Ravens’ game-winning field goal would be reviewed on instant replay.
How’s the old saying go? Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean everyone isn’t out to get you. Justice is supposed to be blind, but when the accused standing before her is an impish, lovable little genius in a grey hoodie, she peeks out from under her mask, puts the scales away and swings her sword extra hard. Almost twice as hard, in this instance. And you can argue all you want that unlike these other coaches, Belichick made contact with the ref and you can’t let guys get away with that. Well by his own admission, John Harbaugh belly bumped one of these incompetent buffoons, and he’s walking away scot free. So don’t try to tell me this wasn’t the Ginger Hammer trying to stick it to the Patriots once again.
As far as I’m concerned, these refauxrees should be fair game. They’re not real officials. They’re scabs who’ll be gone in a matter of days. A football lifer like Belichick who helped put the NFL on the map should be able to abuse these guys the way an Arab prince treats his Phillippino servants. If anything, I think grabbing this guys arm after the way he blew him off showed remarkable restraint. The league should be grateful Belichick didn’t choke a bitch or tear his head off and shit down his neck. Or use the the Dark Side of the Force to strangle him, which he has the power to do. Let’s just hope The Hooded One does the right thing again and pays the $50,000 in Schrute Bucks and Stanley Nickels.
(Thanks to Andrew B) @JerryThornton1